Letterkenny to host Christmas dinner for those living alone

first_imgThe 14th Annual Christmas Day Dinner for people living on their own will be held in the Conwal Parish Hall behind the Church of Ireland in Letterkenny on Christmas Day from 1pm until 4pm. The purpose of the event is to help people who are living on their own to break through isolation and loneliness on the day, to provide company and celebration.Transport can be provided if required. If you wish to avail of a dinner or have any enquiries please contact Kathy on 0868676565.Letterkenny to host Christmas dinner for those living alone was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nature Inspires Hi-Tech Design

first_imgScientists and engineers continue the gold rush to imitate nature’s solutions to problems.Enzymes: “Bio-inspired biomimetics can outperform natural coenzymes” (Science Daily). Chemists have imitated cellular catalysts and have exceeded the natural counterparts (at least for industrial redox applications).Barnacle bills: “Do we need to wipe out clingons?” (BBC News): Understanding how barnacles and mussels cling to ships and propellers might save a lot of money some day.  “I think these are incredible little micro-worlds,” Dr Raeanne Miller says, “with lots and lots of different types of creatures, each one doing their own thing to survive in some incredibly harsh environments.”Sandcastle worm secrets: “Sandcastle worms serve as inspiration for a new type of underwater adhesive” (Science Daily). This creature is another “cling-on warrior” that scientists at UCSB are analyzing for adhesive applications in medicine and other wet environments.Snake charm: “Snake gait: Science observes nature to invent new ways of moving” (Science Daily). “It has no wheels or legs or anything to help itself along, and yet it is able to move and to move quite fast. In terms of mobility, the snake is a masterpiece of engineering, and it is no coincidence that it should be studied to uncover the physics underlying its locomotion.”Salamander swimmer: “A new salamander robot has been designed that can walk, swim and turn around corners.” See the TED Talk video clip on Live Science showing the robot, and its inventor’s reasons for wanting to study animal motion, including salamanders and cats.Tree oil: “Is lignin the crude oil of the future? Maybe so, thanks to the sun and photocatalysts” (PhysOrg). Currently, lignin is a waste product of paper production, but it’s loaded with chemicals that could be useful in many applications.Electric eel watch: “Shocking! ‘Electric Eel’ Fibers Could Power Wearable Tech” (Live Science). “Stretchy fibers that mimic electric eels could be woven into clothing to power wearable technology one day, new research suggests.”Algae fashions: “Healthy and diseased marine algae inspire new designs” (BBC News). Microscope studies of algae have inspired a Scottish designer to make colorful scarves and pillows.Blind cave fish nursing: “Regulating IV infusion with innovative blind cave fish-inspired sensor” (Science Daily). How can a blind fish help humans?Inspired by the blind cave fish, researchers at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) have developed Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) flow sensor so tiny and sensitive that it can be implanted into the IV or intravenous set-up, to aid in regulating the velocity of the fluid flow with minimal intervention by the nurses, thereby reducing their workload while increasing their productivity by 30%; and significantly decreasing the complications of drug infusion via IV therapy. These sensors can also be incorporated into marine underwater robots, lending them sensitivities to wakes, akin to the blind cave fish itself, so that the robots can manoeuvre in a highly energy-efficient manner.Clam TV: “Color-Morphing Clams Could Inspire New Smartphone & TV Screens” (Live Science). With just ambient sunlight, giant clams produce an astonishing array of colors—including blues, greens, golds and, more rarely, white—by means of iridocytes. “Producing color the way giant clams do could lead to smartphone, tablet and TV screens that use less power and are easier on the eyes,” a biologist says.Beetle condenser: “Beetle-inspired discovery could reduce frost’s costly sting” (Science Daily). “In a discovery that may lead to ways to prevent frost on airplane parts, condenser coils, and even windshields, a team of researchers led by Virginia Tech has used chemical micropatterns to control the growth of frost caused by condensation…. The inspiration for the work came from an unlikely source — the Namib Desert Beetle, which makes headlines because it lives in one of the hottest places in the world, yet it still collects airborne water.”Bladderwort suction: “This plant sucks! (but how? )” (Science Daily): The lowly bladderwort has one of the fastest traps in nature. “If we can work out how the bladderwort can grab food so quickly, it could also have applications in other fields by helping us develop tools that can rapidly capture small samples of fluids. Finding out how a bladderwort sucks could possibly also lead to biomimetic technical innovations.”Plant printing: “Novel 4-D printing method blossoms from botanical inspiration” (Science Daily): Another project from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering—”Inspired by natural structures like plants, which respond and change their form over time according to environmental stimuli, the team has unveiled 4-D-printed hydrogel composite structures that change shape upon immersion in water.” One researcher commented, “It is wonderful to be able to design and realize, in an engineered structure, some of nature’s solutions.”Plant antenna: “New fluorescent nanomaterials whose inspiration was taken from plant antenna systems” (Science Daily): From the Basque country of Spain comes this project: “These new multifunctional materials aim to imitate the photosynthetic organisms of plants. These microorganisms consist of thousands of chlorophyll molecules embedded in a protein matrix, which provides them with a specific orientation/arrangement and intermolecular distance.”Bat avoidance: “How bats recognize their own ‘bat signals’ – Researcher discovers unique mechanism bats use to overcome communication interference in the wild” (Science Daily). “The mechanism that allows individual bats to avoid noise overlap by increasing the volume, duration and repetition rate of their signals has been uncovered by a new study” at Tel Aviv University. “Unlocking the mystery of bat echo recognition may offer a valuable insight into military and civilian radar systems, which are vulnerable to electronic interference.”Science is fun again, thanks to biomimetics. Inspiration from nature’s designs is leading to well-funded projects that promise useful and even lifesaving applications. Only a few researchers toss in extraneous evolution verbiage. The real focus is on intelligent design.Teachers and speakers: get inspired from our Biomimetics Category, where you will find dozens of news stories over the last decade showing the power of design to inspire scientists and engineers. Show kids the variety of animals and plants that are inspiring awe in biologists about how they solve problems. Give them a vision of the treasure chest out there in the world waiting to be explored. Let’s raise up an army of ID-friendly researchers who can improve the world and leave Darwin in the dust. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Carlo Lastimosa signs with Kia

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCarlo Lastimosa gets a new lease on life as he was signed to a one-conference contract with Kia.Team governor Bobby Rosales confirmed the news to INQUIRER.net as the Picanto gets a big boost on offense with the signing of the former St. Benilde stalwart.ADVERTISEMENT Lastimosa last played for NLEX where he averaged 8.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 16.9 minutes of action.Despite his impressive showing, the Road Warriors bought out the 27-year-old guard and went on their separate ways before the start of the 2017-2018 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThrough his four-year career, Lastimosa averaged 10.0 markers, 1.9 boards, and 1.5 assists in 17.8 minutes of play in his stops in Barako Bull, Blackwater, and NLEX.His entry is a shot in the arm for Kia, which is drawing the bulk of its offense from Rashawn McCarthy, who leads the team with 15.75 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists. Read Next View comments Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities The Picanto have yet to notch a victory in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, going 0-4 so far. They seek to end to their 16-game losing streak on Saturday against Rain or Shine. PBA Season 43: Kia Picanto PLAY LIST 03:11PBA Season 43: Kia Picanto00:50Trending Articles05:25What we ought to know about Filipino Sign Language01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed D-League: Marinero loses 17-point lead but holds off Zark’s-Lyceum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Desiderio walks the talk in UP’s last-second win over UST

first_imgDespite the bad shooting, Desiderio still finished with a team-high 17 points on 5-of-19 clip“I always imagine myself hitting a game-winning three-point shot,” said Desiderio. “And I was confident I was going to make it because I’ve been practicing that shot constantly. And when Coach Bo called timeout I said in the huddle ‘when I’m open give it to me and I’ll make it.’”  LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal travels long road to win 16th Slam title at US Open Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ University of the Philippines’ Paul Desiderio celebrates after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer to beat University of Santo Tomas. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the game on the line, Paul Desiderio wanted the ball in his hands and he delivered. on Sunday.Desiderio was struggling all game long but with University of the Philippines trailing University of Santo Tomas, 73-71, with 1.1 seconds left, the veteran guard knew exactly how the game was going to end.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “This game is ours, I will make the shot,” he told his teammates in Filipino during the timeout with 5.3 ticks remaining.True enough, Desiderio backed up his bold declaration as he knocked down the last-second 3-pointer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I’ve shot so many threes today and would I shy away from throwing the last one? No, I won’t. And coach Bo [Perasol] told us that if we’re open, we’ll shoot it so I shot it and it went in,” said Desiderio.Desiderio was 1-of-10 from deep prior to his game-winner but his confidence did not falter. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Kashechewan First Nation gets agreement from feds Ontario to relocate

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe Kashechewan First Nation in northern Ontario has an agreement with the federal and provincial governments that lays out a plan to move the reserve annually threatened by flood waters.Kashechewan, located north of Fort Albany, Ont., along the James Bay coast, has had to repeatedly evacuate from flooding and infrastructure problems, including last month when a state of emergency forced more than 2,500 members to fly to other locations across the province.“I hope that the people of Kashechewan, who have been evacuated for several weeks now as a precautionary measure, will soon be able to return home safely, knowing that we hear them and are acting,” said Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan.The First Nation has been asking for years to be relocated to higher ground.In front of 300 community members today, the federal and provincial governments signed an agreement with the First Nation to commit to moving the reserve.Indigenous O’Regan said the relocation process will likely take around eight years under the terms of the agreement that he hopes assures the community that it will not face flooding issues forever.“I would like to thank Chief Leo Friday, Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald, Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon for their efforts to advance this crucial work together,” said O’Regan.“With this Framework Agreement in place, we have a clear path forward to meet the needs of the community, both in the immediate and long term.”NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding includes Kashechewan, calls the deal a very important step and says it is the result of pressure from the community who are tired of spending their springs in evacuation centres.Ontario’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford says the province is on board.“The Ontario Government is committed to do everything in its authority to support the relocation of Kashechewan First Nation,” Rickford said in a [email protected]last_img read more